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Stew Magnuson Releases WOUNDED KNEE 1973: STILL BLEEDING

On the night of February 27, 1973, beat-up cars carrying dozens of angry young men sped into Wounded Knee village in Southwestern South Dakota, where 83 years earlier, Chief Big Foot and 150 Lakota Sioux were massacred by the U.S. 7th Calvary. Members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the local Native American Lakota had come to occupy the symbolic site on the Pine Ridge Reservation to protest their grievances. Shortly thereafter, police and Federal agents cordoned off the small town which would soon became the stage of a violent standoff. The AIM and local Lakota would hold out against the firepower of the U.S. Government for 71 days. By the time the occupiers left, the village had been destroyed, two were dead, an activist had gone missing, and a U.S. Marshal left paralyzed.

In "Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding", a new ebook published by Now and Then Reader, award-winning Washington D.C.-based journalist Stew Magnuson explores the events and personalities of this still unresolved struggle between Native Americans and the Federal Government.

"Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding" was released today in anticipation of the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the occupation. It will be available exclusively as a digital download through Amazon Kindle Books, Barnes & Noble Nook Books, the Apple iTunes Bookstore, and Kobo Books.

Magnuson is the author of "The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder: And Other True Stories from the Nebraska Pine Ridge Border Towns," which was named the 2009 Nebraska Nonfiction Book of the Year and a finalist for the Center of Great Plains Studies' 2008 Great Plains Distinguished Book of the Year.

The new digital title headlines a growing list of short-form nonfiction books published by Now and Then Reader, the publishing house co-founded by industry veteran Ivan R. Dee. Now and Then titles are quick reads, typically ranging from 5,000 to 25,000 words in length and focus on writings that are historically based. The company's list emphasizes original works but also includes excerpts from forthcoming books and reprints of material that otherwise isn't readily available for e-readers. Additionally, a selection of free eBooks is offered to accompany Now and Then's paid content.

Now and Then Reader's nonfiction titles and contributors are profiled on the company's website, at http://www.nowandthenreader.com. Previews of each title are available on the site and via the company's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/nowandthenreader.

For a review copy of "Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding" or to schedule an interview with Stew Magnuson, please contact Nicholas Bailey at (310) 929-7927.

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